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Street Life

Nanjing lu

Directed by Zhao Dayong
China, 2006
  • Mandarin
  • English
Chinese Independents, Part 2


Every year, many Chinese migrants travel to Shanghai with hopes of earning a decent living. Some end up in the alleys of Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s largest shopping street, where they learn to scrape together any kind of living they can. The film follows a man, Black Skin, in his daily existence.

Our take

Giving voice to the hidden victims of poverty who co-exist alongside the wealthiest echelons of Shanghai society, the always incisive 8th generation filmmaker Zhao Dayong offers a brave and sensitive macrocosmic document of class in modern china with this necessary vision of street life.

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